Monday is the day that students return
For school-age Newton County kids, the freedom of summer will end all too soon when a new school year begins on Monday.
Newton County School Superintendent Dick Schneider said about 7,750 students are expected this year.
For the Newton County Board of Education staff members, though, this summer was hardly a vacation.
They have been busy finding five new principals, getting the schools back in shape, and hiring about 60 new teachers, according to Dave Young, Newton County School’s Administrative Assistant for Personnel.
For many high school students, vacation has already ended, since the band, majorettes, flag corps, drill team, cheerleaders, and of course the football team, must be ready tomorrow night as Newton County meets Johnson High in a home game.
Several changes are in store for students this year. For one thing, five of the schools have new princpals. In addition to new administrations, many schools have received a facelift this summer.
According to Schneider, most schools have had some cosmetic work, including painting and replacing of floor tiles.
A new wing has been added to Palmer-Stone, although Schneider has said construction will not be finished until about the end of September. Thanks to the work of parents and teachers, Palmer-Stone will also have a new playground this year.